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2015 MACCDC Scenario

The 10th MACCDC scenario involves supporting information systems and defending against cyber attacks within a mass transportation IT operation.

The ten teams advancing to the regional finals inherit a commuter rail system’s IT infrastructure and are responsible for defending and maintaining the system for the duration of the competition.

The Hackistan Army of Liberation (HAL) is directing their aggression toward the state of Maryland for supporting the 2013 election in Hackistan (MACCDC 2013) and because of HAL’s inability to cause a disruption during the 2014 March Blizzard (MACCDC 2014).

HAL has posted public information threatening US citizens and has vowed digital and physical revenge unless their demand for no further US support and interference with their country’s affairs is met. HAL possesses highly effective cyber attack capabilities, and there is highly confident intelligence that HAL is targeting regional commuter rail control networks and information systems. Intelligence indicates that HAL intends to use their cyber attack as a means of making the statement that US governmental organizations are ineffective and cannot be trusted.

Blue teams will be deployed to regional commuter rail network operation centers to defend against HAL and provide operational services throughout the threat time frame.


Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory
Kossiakoff Center
11100 Johns Hopkins Rd.
Laurel, MD 20723

March 5-7, 2015

2015 Competition Video

Scenario: Operation Transit Storm: student teams’ supporting information systems and defending against cyber attacks within a mass transportation IT operation. UMBC won.

Regional Final Team Standings

  1. University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
  2. University of Maryland College Park
  3. Towson University

Regional Final Teams

  1. Anne Arundel Community College
  2. Capitol Technology University
  3. County College of Morris
  4. East Carolina University
  5. James Madison University
  6. Liberty University
  7. Towson University
  8. University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
  9. University of Maryland College Park
  10. Wilmington University

2015 Qualifying Teams

  1. Anne Arundel Community College, MD
  2. Bloomsburg University, PA
  3. Bowie State, MD
  4. Capitol Technology University, MD
  5. Catawba Valley Community College, NC
  6. College of Southern Maryland, MD
  7. County College of Morris, NJ
  8. Delaware Technical Community College, DE
  9. East Carolina University, NC
  10. George Mason University, VA
  11. Harford Community College, MD
  12. James Madison University, VA
  13. Liberty University, VA
  14. Marshall University, WV
  15. McDaniel College, MD
  16. Millersville University, PA
  17. Montgomery College, MD
  18. Norfolk State University, VA
  19. North Carolina State University, NC
  20. Northern Virginia Community College, VA
  21. Penn State University, PA
  22. Prince George’s Community College, MD
  23. Radford University, VA
  24. Saint Vincent College, PA
  25. Towson University, MD
  26. University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), MD
  27. University of Maryland (College Park), MD
  28. West Virginia University, WV
  29. Wilmington University, DE

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